Medical Lab Procedures I

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Course Description: 
" This course presents basic lab introduction, OSHA, CLIA, infection control, microbiology principles, specimen collection, care and use of the microscope, physical and chemical urinalysis, UA slide preparation, venipuncture, hematology testing: hemoglobin, hematocrit, ESR. 3 theory hours, 4 guided practice hours. Vocational program course. May be used as a general elective in the AA degree."
Course Prerequisites: 
Prerequisite: Completion of MEDAS 110, 111, 114, 131, and 151 with a grade of "B-" or better.
Course Outcomes: 
  • Perform:
    • venipuncture
    • capillary puncture
  • Perform patient screening using established protocols
  • Perform a quality control measure
  • Obtain specimens and perform:
    • CLIA waived urinalysis
    • CLIA waived hematology test
  • Incorporate critical thinking skills when performing patient assessment
  • Incorporate critical thinking skills when performing patient care
  • Show awareness of a patient’s concerns related to the procedure being performed
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal test results
  • Maintain lab test results using flow sheets
  • Participate in bloodborne pathogen training
  • Select appropriate barrier/personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Perform handwashing
  • Demonstrate proper disposal of biohazardous material
    • sharps
    • regulated wastes
  • Recognize the implications for failure to comply with Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations in healthcare settings
  • Use medical terminology correctly and pronounced accurately to communicate information to providers and patients
  • Perform routine maintenance of administrative or clinical equipment
  • Perform an inventory with documentation
  • Apply HIPAA rules in regard to:
    • privacy
    • release of information
  • Document patient care accurately in the medical record
  • Complete an incident report related to an error in patient care
  • Comply with:
    • safety signs
    • symbols
    • labels
  • Demonstrate proper use of:
    • eyewash equipment
    • fire extinguishers
    • sharps disposal containers
  • Use proper body mechanics
  • Participate in a mock exposure event with documentation of specific steps
  • Evaluate the work environment to identify unsafe working conditions
  • Identify CLIA waived tests associated with common diseases
  • Identify quality assurance practices in healthcare